Struggling Courageously Through Lent

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (9:16-30) Today’s gospel reading is given to to as we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Great and Holy Lent. On this Sunday we commemorate St. John Climacus, who is also known as St. John of the ladder since he wrote one of the most famous […]

Running From Pain?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 8:34-9:1 Today’s reading is given to us on this the Third Sunday of Lent. We are now halfway through the Holy 40 days and on this day the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the veneration of the cross. In her wisdom the Church brings out the […]

The “Troublemaker” Who Became a Saint

The Second Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, St. Gregory Palamas Sunday He was once called “the cause of all disorders and disturbances in the Church.” Now imagine that he was called “the cause of all disorders and disturbances in the Church” by the Patriarch of Constantinople himself. The year is 1344. This comment was […]